The Call of Isaiah

Fifth Week after the Epiphany, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture:  Isaiah 6:1-8

Two themes weave together in today’s reading: an experience of God and a commissioning to ministry. Isaiah has a mystical experience and is in a state of awe. In this state, he is called to be a prophet to God’s people, to speak on behalf of the Lord. He answers with the famous phrase, “Here I am.” Too often these themes are examined separately, losing the power of one leading directly to the other. We first experience God, then we serve God. Divorcing the two leads to empty worship without service or empty service without worship.

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LPTW Epiphany 5, Year C, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Come Fish for People

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

This week, Jesus has a boat as a pulpit. Amid the crowd are two exhausted fishermen who had worked all night long without catching anything. Casting nets, pulling in empty nets, all night long. Jesus uses these two men as his “sermon illustration.” Jesus tells them to let down their nets for a catch. They muster up the courage to try yet again. They take the risk and find abundance.

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LPTW Epiphany 5, Year C, Younger Children
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